Cassandra and Jonah

1.  Seers, Death and December, 1987

a) Conversation with the man who had died earlier that day, and what he experienced  was not what he expected;
b) The tale of the psychic-would you want to be told the future if if you had an opportunity? [EC]
c)  Regarding seers and others who know what is likely to be the future - when  should they speak?  Example of the MD who can tell when meeting you that if you don't have a mole removed it will likely lead to a fatal cancer.

2.  Prophecy which is about an open future (can be change) and prophecy which is about a closed  fixed future that cannot be changed and the arguments that the future is closed or open:

a) basic determinism argument;
b)basic predestination argument;
c) basic fatalist argument
d) William James' response.

Post scripts:

1.  Talk about Lisa Goldstein's "Cassandra's Photographs" and those who like to plan and those who prefer spontaneity and surprise.
     Which is better and for whom?  [EC]
2. One edge of prophecy is that sometimes it only works when what it predicts does not come to pass.

a) But if it does not happen, how do you know it worked?
b) And the other side (if good - for the one who sees potential where others do not) only works if it works otherwise one wonders...



Extra credit (please let me know if itís okay for me to use your responses for core assessment):


1.Do you know any people who have wasted years of their lives because they thought they knew where they were going?What happened? (Please change names and identifying details to protect privacy.)


2.What do you think is the best way to approach the future, through planning or improvisation or both, or something else?

Michael Kagan
November 16, 2004 (revised 11/19/04, 3/29/17)

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